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Capital Campaign May 2007: Volume 4, Number 2
   

Murray Reicher, M.D., ’81
Danielle Reicher, ’77, M.D., ’81

   
     

When Murray and Danielle Reicher attended the UC San Diego School of Medicine, the two not only became enamored with the school, they also fell in love with each other.

The couple now boasts 26 years of marriage, two sons—one of whom is applying to medical school—and two successful medical practices. Murray, a pioneer in the field of
radiology, has directed a private practice for 20 years and co-founded DR Systems, Inc., which provides medical information management systems to hospitals and imaging centers worldwide. Danielle, who established her own practice in anesthesiology, has served as chief of anesthesia and chairman of surgery at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas.

Recently, the Reichers worked with their son, Joshua, and Jeffrey Maier, M.D., ’81, to develop www.healthbutler.com, which provides free preventative health information.
Even now, the Reichers have never forgotten the meaningful experiences and friendships forged at UC San Diego. One particular friend, Bud Whipple, left a lasting impression. Whipple, their classmate voted “Most Loved Medical Student,” died tragically of a rare heart disorder while still attending medical school. The Reichers, together with several other Class of ’81 alumni including Jim Rice, M.D., and Frank Longo, M.D., helped establish an endowed scholarship in his honor—the first of its kind at the School of Medicine.

What drew you to the UC San Diego School of Medicine?
Murray: I was highly attracted to UC San Diego ’s School of Medicine because of its tremendous academic reputation, the financial aid I received and the beach at Del Mar. When I had my School of Medicine interview with Dr. Lawrence Marshall, he mentioned his lifetime membership card to the San Diego Zoo. I was brazen enough to ask if I could borrow it. He reluctantly lent it to me, but reminded me that returning it promptly would be critical to my chances of getting accepted. Of course I did—along with a thank you note.

Why is alumni support of endowed scholarships so important?
Danielle: It’s a statement from alumni. Developing and fostering opportunities for students who wouldn’t otherwise be able to attend the University preserves the great
culture of UC San Diego. The Bud Whipple Endowed Scholarship is awarded to deserving students who have triumphed over adversity and demonstrated an unselfish commitment to others.

What advice would you give fellow alumni about supporting UC San Diego?
Murray: It’s very important for us as alumni to be involved with the University. You can have an impact by mentoring students, providing equipment or expertise, or giving financially. UCSD opened doors for us. Be grateful for what you were given and give back.

 

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Toughest Class?
Danielle: Inorganic Chemistry
Murray: Pharmacology

Miss the most about UC San Diego?
Danielle: My tight knit group of friends

Favorite experience at UCSD?
Murray: Danielle and I serving as the second co-editors of the student-produced publication Murmur (now known as The Human Condition).

 

 
 
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